Logansport group loses battle to preserve WWI memorial trees
The first tree was cut down just after 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.
DeSoto Parish Sheriff's deputies carried off protester, Dr. Francis Jackson Freeman, by her hands and feet after she refused to move away from the demolition site.
LOGANSPORT, LA (KSLA) -
A Logansport group lost their battle to preserve two large oak trees that were slated to be cut down for a new church building Thursday morning.
The two trees have been growing deep roots in Logansport for more than 90 years. They were planted back in 1923 in front of what was then the newly-dedicated Logansport High School, as a memorial for the local veterans who died in World War I.
That high school burned down in 1990, and First Baptist Church in Logansport bought the property in the years that followed. Now, the church is planning on rebuilding and expanding, after their own building burned down 2 years ago.
KSLA News 12 was at the scene as protesters stood by waiting to see if demolition crews would tear down the community memorial. Dr. Francis Jackson Freeman, who was in favor of keeping the trees, was carried off by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's deputies after she refused to move from the demolition site.
Just after 6:30 a.m. the first oak tree was cut down. Shortly after, the second oak tree was cut down around 7:05 a.m.
Monday, residents in the community protested and tied yellow ribbons around the trees. The protestors said during World War II, people in the area tied yellow ribbons around them to remind everyone who passed by of the locals that were fighting in the war.
When KSLA News 12 asked the pastor if he had any comments about the controversy, he said: "Anytime that you are moving and following God's plan, there is always going to be controversy, which is just part of it. You never know where controversy is going to come but we are unified, we love God, we're loving our community, we're going to keep doing that."